Prof Laura Visu-Petra


We study inter-individual differences in executive and socio-emotional functioning across the lifespan,
with implications for developmental science and legal psychology.





Head of Research in Individual Differences and Legal Psychology (RIDDLE) Lab

Developmental Psychology Lab

Department of Psychology
Babeș-Bolyai University
Republicii Str., 37, Cluj-Napoca, 400015


E-mail: laurapetra@psychology.ro

Research Interests

  • Individual differences and vulnerability to developmental psychopathology
  • Typical and atypical executive functioning development
  • Cognitive functioning in high-trait anxiety
  • The role of math anxiety in academic performance
  • Executive functions, theory of mind and deception skills during early development
  • Developmental cognitive neuropsychology
  • The emergence and development of deceptive behavior in relation to the child’s
    socio-cognitive (theory of mind, executive functions) and problematic behavior.
  • Dark personality, socio-cognitive and socio-emotional dimensions and
    problematic behavior.


Professional career

2023 – present: Professor, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University
2019 – present: Head of the Research Group Research in Individual Differences and Legal Psychology (RIDDLE) Lab
2015-2023: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University
2009-2015: Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University
2006-2009: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University
2007-present: Main investigator, Developmental Psychology Lab (http://www.devpsychology.ro/en/)
2006-2008: Trainer (courses General Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Personality Psychology) in the Rural Education Program


Academic career

2013: Habilitation at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2008: PhD in Psychology (Summa cum Laude), Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2004: M.A. in “Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy”, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2003: B.Sc., Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Publications

Mărcuș, O., Rusu, R., Mueller, S. C., & Visu-Petra, L. (2024). To be or not to be flexible: A hierarchical model of affective flexibility in typical development and internalizing problems. Acta Psychologica, 246, 104275.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2024.104275

Ionel, M. S., Ion, A., Iliescu, D., & Visu-Petra, L. (2024). Climbing anxiety scale (CAS-20): Preliminary development and validation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 73, 102635. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2024.102635

Bulbuc, A. A., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2024). Shedding a light on authenticity in high dark trait individuals: A morally grey territory?. Personality and Individual Differences, 224, 112632. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2024.112632

Ionel, M. S., Ion, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2023). Personality and rock-climbing performance progression: a 12-months follow-up. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-24.https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2023.2293935

Rouyela-Colomer, E., Orue, I., Visu-Petra, L., Fernandez-Gonzales, L. (2023). The Association between Mindful Parenting, and Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Adolescence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-13, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-023-02704-y

Prodan, N., Ding, X. P., Szekely-Copîndean, R. D., Tănăsescu, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2023). Socio-cognitive correlates of primary school children's deceptive behavior toward peers in competitive settings. Acta Psychologica, 240, 104019.

Prodan, N., Ding, X. P., Visu-Petra, L.* (2024) Truthful yet misleading: Elementary second-order deception in school-age children and its sociocognitive correlates, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 237, 1019, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2023.105759

Prodan, N., Moldovan, M., Cacuci, S-A., Visu-Petra, L.*(2022) Interpretive Diversity Understanding, Parental Practices, and Contextual Factors Involved in Primary School-Age Children’s Cheating and Lying Behavior, European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education, 12, 1621-1643,
https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe12110114

Costea, A. R, Jurchiș, R., Visu-Petra, L., Cleeremans, A., Norman, E., Opre, A. (2022) Implicit and explicit learning of socio-emotional information in a dynamic interaction with a virtual avatar. Psychological Research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-022-01709-4

Seucan, D. T., Szekely-Copîndean R. D., Ding, P. X., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2022). Give and take: A microgenetic study of preschoolers’ deceptive and prosocial behavior in relation to their socio-cognitive development. Acta Psychologica, 230, 1-14, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2022.103714

Opriș, A. M., Visu-Petra, L.*, & Brown, N. R. (2022). Living in history and by the cultural life script: What events modulate autobiographical memory organization in a sample of older adults from Romania?. Memory Studies, https://doi.org/10.1177/17506980221108476

Rudaizky, D., Mărcuș, O., Visu-Petra, L., & MacLeod, C. (2022). Anxiety-linked impairment in the ability to recode stimuli. Emotion. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0001093

Moldovan, M., Prodan, N., Coman, A. D., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2022). Deep dive into the constructive mind. Relating interpretive diversity understanding to anxiety symptoms and parental practices in middle childhood. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 22 (1), 55-86. https://doi.org/10.24193/jebp.2022.1.4

Turi, A., Rebeleș, M-R., & Visu-Petra, L.*(2022).The tangled webs they weave: A scoping review of deception detection and production in relation to Dark Triad traits. Acta Psychologica, 226,  103574. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2022.103574

Ionel, M. S., Ion, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2022). Personality, grit, and performance in rock-climbing: down to the nitty-gritty. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-23.https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2022.2044368

Cacuci, S-A., Bull, R., Huang, C-Y & Visu-Petra, L.* (2021) “Criteria-Based Content Analysis in child sexual abuse cases: A cross-cultural perspective”, Child Abuse Review, https://doi.org/10.1002/car.2733

Moldovan, M., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2021). Theory of Mind, Anxiety, and Interpretive Bias During Middle Childhood. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-02023-0

Buta, M., Visu-Petra, G., Opre, A., Koller, S., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2021). Individual predictors of lie acceptability across development. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2021.1947234

Cheie, L., Opriș, A., M., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2021). Remembering the future: Age-related differences in schoolchildren’s prospective memory depend on the cognitive resources employed by the task. Cognitive Development, 58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2021.101048

Opriș, A., M., Cheie, L., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2021). Back to the future: relating the development of episodic future thinking to cognitive and affective individual differences and to motivational relevance in preschoolers, Memory, https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2021.1896734

Dolean, D., D., Lervåg, A., Visu-Petra, L., & Melby-Lervåg, M., (2021). Language skills, and not executive functions, predict the development of reading comprehension of early readers: evidence from an orthographically transparent language, Reading and Writing. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11145-020-10107-4

Butean, I., Mone, I., Visu-Petra, L., Opre, A., (2020). “Predictors of individual differences in lie acceptability in adolescence: Exploring the influence of social desirability, callous unemotional traits and somatization”, Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 20 (2), 51-66.  https://doi.org/10.24193/jebp.2020.2.11

Mărcuș, O., Martins, E. C.,Sassu R., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2020) On the importance of being flexible: early interrelations between affective flexibility, executive functions and anxiety symptoms in preschoolers, Early Child Development and Care.https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2020.1816995

Butean, I., Buta, M., Visu-Petra, L., & Opre, A. (2020). Moral Stories and Young Children’s Confession of Misdeeds in Relation to Their Perception of Honesty and Its Consequences. Early Education and Development, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2020.1796089

Petra, C. V., Visu-Petra, L.*, Buta, M., Tămaș, M. M., Benga, O., & Rednic, S. (2020). A computerized assessment of verbal and visuospatial memory (dis)functions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 13, 619-629.https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S261312

Buta, M., Visu-Petra, G., Koller, S. H., Visu-Petra, L.* (2020). A Little Lie Never Hurt Anyone: Attitudes towards Various Types of Lies over the Lifespan, Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 13(1), 70 – 81.https://doi.org/10.11621/pir.2020.0107

Moldovan, M., Seucan, D.T., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2019). Pre-and post-theory of mind and deception: Commentary on Walczyk and Fargerson. New Ideas in Psychology, 56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.newideapsych.2019.100754.

Opriș, M., A., Cheie, L., Trifan, C., M., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2018). Internalising symptoms and verbal working memory in school-age children: A processing efficiency analysi, International Journal of Psychology,54 (6), 828 – 838. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12537.

 Martins, E., Marcus, O., Leal, J., & Visu-Petra, L. (2018). Assessing Hot and Cool Executive Functions in Preschoolers: Affective Flexibility Predicts Emotion Regulation. Early Child Development and Care, 190 (11), 1667-1681.  https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2018.1545765.

Visu-Petra, L.*, Cheie, L., Câmpan, M., Scutelnicu, I., & Benga, O. (2018). Identifying early links between temperament, short-term and working memory in preschoolers. Early Child Development and Care, 188 (1), 32-45, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1246445.

Cheie, L., Macleod, C., Miclea, M., Visu-Petra, L.* (2017). When children forget to remember: Effects of reduced working memory availability on prospective memory performance. Memory & Cognition, 45(4), 651-663, https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-016-0682-z.

Visu-Petra, L.*, Jurje, O., Ciornei, O., & Visu-Petra, G. (2016). Can you Keep a Secret? Introducing the RT-based Concealed Information Test to Children. Psychology, Crime & Law, 22(3), 276-301. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2015.1109085.

Hadwin, J.A., Visu-Petra, L., Muris, P., Derakshan, N. & Macleod, C. (2016). Introduction to the Special Issue: Understanding the Role of Attentional Control in the Development of Anxiety in Childhood, Adolescence and Across the Lifespan [Special Issue], Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(3), 277-295. 

Grafton, B., Visu-Petra, L., Mărcuș, O., Liebregts, H., & MacLeod, C. (2016). Controlling the bias: Inhibitory attentional control moderates the association between social anxiety and selective attentional responding to negative social information in children and adolescents, Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(3), 423-436https://doi.org/10.5127/jep.055916.

Mărcuș, O., Stanciu, O., MacLeod, C., Liebregts, H., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2016). A FISTful of emotion: Individual differences in trait anxiety and cognitive-affective flexibility during preadolescence, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(7), 1231-1242, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-015-0110-z

Varga, M., Visu-Petra, G., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2015). The “Good Cop, Bad Cop” Effect in the RT-Based Concealed Information Test: Exploring the Effect of Emotional Expressions Displayed by a Virtual Investigator. PLoS ONE, 10(2), e0116087. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0116087

Buta, M., Leva, D. S., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2015). Who Is the Tattletale? Linking Individual Differences in Socioemotional Competence and Anxiety to Tattling Behavior and Attitudes in Young Children. Early Education and Development, 0: 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2015.1000717

Cheie, L., Veraksa, A., Zinchenko, Y., Gorovaya, A., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2015). A cross-cultural investigation of inhibitory control, generative fluency, and anxiety symptoms in Romanian and Russian preschoolers. Child Neuropsychology, 21(2), 121-149. https://doi.org/10.1080/09297049.2013.879111

Visu-Petra, L.*, Stanciu, O., Benga, O., Miclea, M., & Cheie, L. (2014). Longitudinal and concurrent links between memory span, anxiety symptoms, and subsequent executive functioning in young children. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 443. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00443

Mocan, O., Stanciu, O., & Visu-Petra, L.*(2014). Relating individual differences in internalizing symptoms to emotional attention set-shifting in children. Anxiety, stress and coping, 27(5):509-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2014.888419

Cheie, L., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2014). What was I supposed to do? Effects of individual differences in age and anxiety on preschoolers’ prospective memory. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38(1), 1-10.https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025413506132

Visu-Petra, G., Miclea, M., Buş, I., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2014). Detecting concealed information: The role of individual differences in executive functions and social desirability. Psychology, Crime & Law, 20(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1080/ 1068316X.2012.736509

Visu-Petra, G., Varga, M., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2013). When interference helps: increasing executive load to facilitate deception detection in the concealed information test. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 146. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00146

Visu-Petra, L.*, Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, G. (2013). Individual differences in anxiety and executive functioning: A multidimensional view. International Journal of Psychology, 48(4), 1-11.https://doi.org/10.1080/ 00207594.2012.656132

Visu-Petra, G., Miclea, M., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2012). Reaction Time-based Detection of Concealed Information in Relation to Individual Differences in Executive Functioning. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(3), 342-351. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.1827

Cheie, L. & Visu-Petra, L. (2012). Relating individual differences in trait-anxiety to memory functioning in young children: An investigation with task-irrelevant emotional stimuli. Journal of Individual Differences, 33(2), 109-118. DOI: 10.1027/1614-0001/a000079

Visu-Petra, L.*, Cheie, L., Benga, O., Alloway, T. P. (2011). Effects of anxiety on memory storage and updating in young children. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35(1) 38–47. https://doi.org/ 10.1177/0165025410368945

Visu-Petra, L.*, Ţincaş, I, Cheie, L., & Benga, O. (2010). Anxiety and visual-spatial memory updating in young children: An investigation using emotional facial expressions. Cognition & Emotion [Emotional states, attention, and working memory], Editori: N. Derakshan, M.W. Eysenck, 24(2), 223-240. https://doi.org/ 10.1080/02699930903387546

Visu-Petra, L.*, Miclea, M., Cheie, L., & Benga, O. (2009). Processing efficiency in preschoolers’ memory span: A longitudinal investigation of individual differences related to age and anxiety. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 103(1), 30-48.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2008.09.002

Visu-Petra, L.*, Benga, O., Tincas¸ I. & Miclea, M. (2007). Visual-spatial processing in children and adolescents with Down’s syndrome: A computerized assessment of memory skills. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 51(12), 942-952. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2007.01002.x

Ciairano, S., Visu-Petra, L., & Settani, M. (2007). Executive inhibitory control and cooperative behavior during early school years: a follow-up study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35(3), 335-345. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-006-9094-z

Seucan, D. T. & Visu-Petra, L.* (2023). The relationship between theory of mind and children’s moral judgement: A scoping review. Studia UBB Pscychol.-Paed, LXVIII, 1, 29-60. https://doi.org/10.24193/subbpsyped.2023.1.02

Anbar, N., Cheie, L., Visu-Petra, L.* (2022). Math Anxiety, Math Achievement and Gender Differences among Primary School Children and their Parents from Palestine. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, 21 (8), 326-344, https://doi.org/10.26803/ijlter.21.8.19

Prodan, N., Visu-Petra, L.* (2022). The art of telling the truth to deceive: a matter of intent. Studia UBB Pscychol.-Paed, LXVII, 1, 87-98. https://doi.org/10.24193/subbpsyped.2022.1.05  

Moldovan, M., Coman, A. D., Visu-Petra, L.* (2022). Advanced Theory of Mind and executive functions during middle childhood. Studia UBB Pscychol.-Paed, LXVII, 1, 25-40. https://doi.org/10.24193/subbpsyped.2022.1.02

Petruț, A. I. & Visu-Petra, L. (2022). O sintenză a literaturii privind factorii emoționali, cognitivi și comportamentali implicați în asocierea intergenerațională a anxietății față de matematică părinte-copil. Journal of Psychology, 68(1), 75-85.

Anbar, N. & Visu-Petra, L. (2021). Intersecting parent and child math anxiety, parental math-gender stereotypes, and children’s math performance: A Scoping Review. Journal of Psychology, 67(4), 363-377.

Petruț, A., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2020). Self-reported Mathematics Anxiety: Conceptual and psychometric considerations. Journal of Psychology, 66(3), 259- 279.

Petruț, A. & Visu-Petra, L.* (2020). Computerized math tutoring programs designed to reduce math anxiety and improve math performance in primary and secondary school children. Romanian Journal of School Psychology, 13(25), 7-31.

Petruț, A.  & Visu-Petra, L.* (2019). The efficiency of cognitive tutoring programs in reducing math anxiety for primary school children. Romanian Journal of School Psychology, 12(24), 27-39.

Liștea, R., Ducrocq, E., Siminiceanu, A., Visu-Petra, L.* (2017). Special Issue: Mental aspects of sport performance. Getting the butterflies to fly in formation: A review on the modulating effect of attentional control on motor and visual aspects of sport performance under pressure. Cognition, Brain, Behaviour, An Interdisciplinary Journal, 21(4), 249-274, https://doi.org/10.24193/cbb.2017.21.16

Opre, A., Buzgar, R., Dumulescu, D., Visu-Petra, L., Opre, D., Macavei, B., … & Pintea, S. (2016). Assessing Risk Factors and the Efficacy of a Preventive Program for School Dropout. Cognitie, Creier, Comportament/Cognition, Brain, Behavior, 20(3), 185.

Visu-Petra, G.,  Jurje, O., Opre, A., Miclea, M. & Visu-Petra, L.* (2014). Which came first, the truth or the lie? Effects of order and habituation in the reaction time-based concealed information test. Cognition, Brain, Behaviour, An Interdisciplinary Journal, 18(4), 283-297.

Kallay, E. & Visu-Petra, L. (2014). Indicators of cognitive and emotional functioning in first-year master students in conference interpreting: A focus on individual differences. Cognition, Brain, Behaviour. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 18(3), 209-228.

Visu-Petra, L*., Jurje, O., & Fizesan, C. (2014). Deceptive Behavior in Young Children Confronted with Physical Evidence of their Transgressions: Links with Executive Functioning and Internalizing or Externalizing Symptoms. Procedia – Social and Behavioural Sciences, 140, 599-604. https://doi.org/ 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.04.477

Sabou, A., Moldovan, M., Cosma, A., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2012). Working memory training in typical and atypical development: Revisiting the evidence. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 16(1), 1-47.

Cheie, L., Visu-Petra, L., & Miclea, M. (2012). Trait-anxiety, visual search and memory for facial identities in preschoolers: An investigation using task-irrelevant emotional information. Procedia – Social and Behavioural Sciences, 33, 622–626. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.01.196.

Visu-Petra, L.*, Cheie, L., Benga, O., & Miclea, M. (2012). The structure of executive functions in preschoolers: an ınvestıgatıon usıng the NEPSY Battery. Procedia – Social and Behavioural Sciences, 33, 627–631. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.01.197.

Visu-Petra, L.*, Cheie, L., Benga, O., & Miclea, M. (2011). Cognitive control goes to school: The impact of executive functions on academic performance. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 11, 240 – 244

Benga, O., Ţincaş, I. & Visu-Petra, L. (2010). Investigating the structure of anxiety symptoms among Romanian preschoolers using the Spence Preschool Anxiety Scales. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 14, 159-182. 

Visu-Petra, L.*, Cheie, L., & Benga, O. (2008). Short-term memory performance and metamemory judgments in preschool and early school-age children: A quantitative and qualitative analysis. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 12(1), 71-101.

Visu-Petra, L.*, Benga, O. & Miclea, M. (2007). Dimensions of attention and executive functioning in 5- to 12-years-old children: Neuropsychological assessment with the NEPSY battery. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 11(3), 539-553.

Boroş, S., Visu-Petra, L, & Cheie, L. (2007), A Q-Sort analysis investigating the social perception of a chronic disease: Between sympathy and stigma. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 11 (2), 437-459.

Visu-Petra, L., Ciairano, S., Miclea, M. (2006). Neurocognitive correlates of child anxiety: A review of working memory research. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4, 517-541.

Benga, O. & Petra, L. (2005). Social cognition and executive functioning: A constructivist developmental approach. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2, 301-317

Petra, L. (2004). The dynamic systems approach: theoretical and therapeutic implications for the study of atypical developmental trajectories. Cognitie, Creier, Comportament / Cognition, Brain, Behavior, 3-4, 381-397.

Anton, R., Bian, A., Cristea, I., Petra, L., & Benga, O. (2004). Memoria autobiografică. O analiză a conţinutului şi emoţiilor primei amintiri. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3-4, 279-301.

Petra, L. (2004). O perspectiva critica asupra neuropsihologiei. Implicatii si aplicatii pentru studiul dezvoltarii atipice. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8 (1), 1-19.

Benga, O., & Petra, L. (2002). Integrating biological constraints and socialization: A developmental perspective upon autobiographical memory. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 6(2), 107-155

Petra, L., & Benga, O., (2004). Methodological Controversies In The Neuropsychological Assessment Of Atypical Development. Implications For The Study Of Autism. Part I: The Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment Method: Flaws And Assets, Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai: Psychologia-Paedagogia, 1, 93-107.

Visu-Petra, L. & Cheie, L. (2007). Investigarea memoriei de scurtă durată la copiii cu simptome de anxietate. Revista de Neurologie și Psihiatrie a Copilului si Adolescentului din România, 10(4), 36-43

Benga, O., Visu-Petra, L., Palade, S., & Benga, I. (2007). Profiluri neurocognitive CANTAB – studiu comparativ al unor populaţii pediatrice. (in Romanian) Revista Română de Sănătate Mintală, 15(1), 10-14.

Petra, L. (2004). Contribuţia tehnicilor cognitiv-comportamentale la ameliorarea unor probleme legate de simptomatologia epileptică la copii şi adulţi. Revista Societăţii de Neurologie şi Psihiatrie pentru copii şi adolescenţi din România, 7(1), 33-42.  

Petra, L., & Benga, O. (2003). Evaluarea neuropsihologică a copiilor cu epilepsie: Sugestii pentru un plan terapeutic individualizat. Revista Societăţii de Neurologie şi Psihiatrie pentru copii şi adolescenţi din România, Vol. 6(2), 70-79.

Hurezan, L. A., Turi, A., Visu-Petra, L.* (2020). Trăsăturile de personalitate întunecată, factorul D și conduita infracțională. Revista de Practică Penitenciară, 3, 13-25.

Cheie, L., & Visu-Petra, L. (2012). Relating individual differences in trait-anxiety to children’s memory for emotional information: An investigation using illustrated emotional stories. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 16, 20-20.

Mocan, O., Stanciu, O., & Visu-Petra, L. (2012). Attentional set-shifting in children: Effects of individual differences in anxiety and attentional control. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 16, 38-39.

Visu-Petra, L., Cheie, L., & Benga, O. (2010) Short-term and long-term remembering in children with high trait anxiety: An investigation using emotional stimuli, ‘Symposia (In alphabetical order by convener)’, Psychology & Health, 25(6), 101—131, https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2010.502660.

Cheie, L., Visu-Petra, L., & Miclea, M. (2010). The role of trait anxiety and cue salience on young children’s prospective memory performance. Psychology & Health, 25(6), 137—376, https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2010.502762;

Visu-Petra, G., Buta, M., Visu-Petra, L. (2016). Psihologia copilului în context judiciar. Fundamente teoretice și aplicative. Editura ASCR, Cluj-Napoca.

Visu-Petra, L. & Cheie, L. (2012) Dezvoltarea memoriei de lucru. Exerciții pentru preșcolari și școlari. [Working memory development. Activities for preschoolers and school-age children]. Romanian Association of Cognitive Science Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca.

Visu-Petra, L. (2008). The Multidimensional Development of Executive Functioning: A Neuropsychological Approach. ASCR, Cluj-Napoca.

Benga, O. (Ed.), Boroş, S., Petra, L., Pop, M., Bogdan, R. (co-authors). (2002). Therapeutic Games for Children, 2nd revised Edition (In Romanian), ASCR, Cluj-Napoca.

Cacuci, S., Magdaș, I., Costan, A., Petruț, A., & Visu-Petra, L. (2022). The effectiveness of cognitive tutoring programs in reducing math anxiety in M. Cruz, A. Couto, & F. Lambert (Eds.) IssuEs’22- Issues in Education (pp. 29-49) Politécnico do Porto, Escola Superior de Educação, Portugal.

Visu-Petra, L., Prodan N., & Talwar, V. (2022). Children’s Lies: Intersecting Cognitive Development, Theory of Mind, and Socialization in  P. K. Smith & C.H. Hart (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development. Second Edition (p. 668-687) Wiley-Blackwell, UK.

Petruț, A., Cheie, L., & Visu-Petra, L. (2021). The Relationship between Test Anxiety and Math Anxiety in Primary School Children. In Clipa, O. (Ed.) Challenges in Education. Policies, Practice & Research, Vol. 88.(p. 119-133), Peter Lang, Berlin. 

Mărcuș, O. & Visu-Petra, L. (2019). Cognitive (in)flexibility: potential risk factor for internalizing psychopathology across development?  In Buchwald, P., Moore, K., & Krzysztof, K. (Eds). Stress and Anxiety – Contributions of the STAR Award Winners, Berlin: Logos.

Opriș, A.M. & Visu-Petra, L. (2019). Episodic future thinking: early development and relation with anxiety and depression symptoms. In Buchwald, P., Moore, K., & Krzysztof, K. (Eds). Stress and Anxiety – Contributions of the STAR Award Winners, Berlin: Logos.

Moldovan, M., Ionel, M.S., & Visu-Petra, L. (2019). Autoranirea nonsuicidala. In Enea, V. (Eds) Interventii psihologice in scoala: Manualul consilierului școlar, Polirom, Iași.

Cristescu, D., Visu‐Petra, L. & Băban, A. (2017). Evaluarea copilului maltratat. In Enea, V. & Dafinoiu, I. (Eds) Evaluarea psihologica: Manualul psihologului clinician, Polirom, Iași.

Buta, M., Prodan, N, Opre, D., & Visu-Petra, L. (2016). Minciuna în perioada dezvoltării: între tipic și atipic. În Visu-Petra, G., Buta, M., Visu-Petra, L. (coord.). Psihologia Copilului în Context Judiciar: Fundamente Teoretice și Aplicative. Cluj-Napoca: Editura ASCR.

Jurje, O. & Visu-Petra., L. (2016). Prerechizite. Dezvoltarea cognitiva si a limbajului. În Visu-Petra, G., Buta, M., Visu-Petra, L. (coord.). Psihologia Copilului în Context Judiciar: Fundamente Teoretice și Aplicative. Cluj-Napoca: Editura ASCR.

Visu-Petra, G., Opre, O., & Visu-Petra, L. (2015). Evaluarea riscului infracțional: de la abordări statice la mecanisme dinamice. In Havarneanu, C. & Havarneanu, G. (Eds) Psihologia riscului, Editura Polirom, Iasi.     

Buta, M., Ciornei, O, Fizeșan, C., Jurje, O., & Visu-Petra, L.* (2015). Anxiety symptoms in primary school-age children: Relation with emotion understanding competences. In Moore, K., Buchwald, P., & Howard, S. (Eds) Stress and Anxiety. Applications to Schools, Well-Being, Coping, and Internet Use. Berlin: Logos Verlag;

Visu-Petra, L., Cheie, L., & Mocan, O. (2013). Executive functioning in high-trait anxious children: A cognitive vulnerability factor? In Kathleen A. Moore, Krzysztof Kaniasty, Petra Buchwald, Albert Sesé (Eds.) Stress and Anxiety: Applications to Health and Well-Being, Work Stressors, and Assessment, (pp 153-160), Berlin: Logos Verlag.

Visu-Petra, L., Cheie, L., & Miu, A. C. (2013). Working Memory and Anxiety: Exploring the Interplay of Individual Differences across Development. In Alloway, T. P. & Alloway, R. G. (Eds) Working Memory: The New Intelligence (pp. 187-216). Frontiers in Cognitive Psychology series; Series Editors: Nelson Cowan and David Balota, New-York: Psychology Press.

Miu, A. C. & Visu-Petra, L. (2011). Computer-assisted evaluation of attentional biases in anxiety. In The Computer-Mediated Therapy of Anxiety. (pp.28-46). Romanian Association of Cognitive Science Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca.

Miu, A. C., & Visu-Petra, L. (2009). Anxiety disorders in children and adults: A cognitive, neurophysiological and genetic characterization. In R. Carlstedt (Ed.), Handbook of Integrative Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Medicine: Perspectives, Practices, and Research. (pp. 309-351). New York: Springer.

Visu-Petra, L. & Benga, O. (Eds.) (2007). Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology. Special volume of Cognition, Brain, Behavior, Romanian Association of Cognitive Science Publishing House.

Visu-Petra, L. & Benga, O. (2007). Particular aspects in the executive functioning of atypical developmental profiles revealed by the neuropsychological assessment of working memory. In M. Aniţei, M. Popa, C.L. Mincu şi A.M. Pap (Eds.) Centenary of Psychology at the University of Bucharest (pp. 1075-1085), 26-29 October 2006, Ed. Univ. Bucureşti, Bucureşti.

Petra, L., Benga, O. & Ţincaş, I. (2005). A dynamic approach to the co-construction of autobiographical memory: Insights from dyadic conversations about the past. Proceedings of the CogSci 2005, XXVII Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Bruno G. Bara, Lawrence Barsalou, & Monica Bucciarelli (Editori), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., New Jersey, 1732-1738.

Benga, O., Petra, L. & Miu, A. C. (2005). Electrophysiological correlates of typical and atypical development. The developmental cognitive neuroscience perspective (In Romanian). In L. Zagrean (Ed.), Clinical Neuroelectrophysiology (In Romanian), Bucuresti: Editura Universitara “Carol Davila”, 381-418.

Petra, L. (2005). Aspects related to memory functioning, attention and executive functioning revealed by the neuropsychological assessment of children with epilepsy. Studies in social sciences of the Romanian Academy, Argonaut, Cluj-Napoca, Vol. 13, 109-117.

Boroş, S. & Petra, L. (2004). Comunicare şi relaţii interpersonale. În Lemeni, G & Miclea, M. (Editori), Consiliere şi Orientare – Ghid de educaţie pentru carieră, Editura ASCR, Cluj-Napoca.

Petra, L. (2004). The neuropsychological assessment of visuospatial and visuoconstructive abilities in epileptic children (In Romanian). Studies in social sciences of the Romanian Academy, Vol. 12, Editura Argonaut, Cluj-Napoca

Benga, O., Petra, L. (2003). The emergence of autobiographical memory at the interplay of biological factors and socialization (In Romanian). Studies in social sciences of the Romanian Academy, Vol. 11, Editura Argonaut, Cluj-Napoca